Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Scottsboro teacher surprised to take home $319

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Lori Yates won this week’s Tools For Teachers Award. She teaches 8th grade English at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. Principal Jason Hass says a strong work ethic and a love for her students make this teacher stand out. “She cares deeply about these kids and she pours everything she has into it her heart and soul,” said Haas. Mrs. Yates was excited to win!  “Awesome. Thank you! I appreciate it very much! ” Her […]

  • Cold front brings cooler weather back this week

    Our weather pattern this weekend was warm and humid, but that’s about to change. Sunday will start off similar to Saturday: a southwest wind will keep a steady flow of warm moist air coming into Alabama. Temperatures will start in the 60s, and with plenty of moisture we’ll have a few showers around too. Temperatures will be quick to warm up again Sunday, pushing to near 70 by noontime. As a cold front moves in, that will enhance our rain chances, but […]

  • Colder Temperatures This Morning

        We are in the 30s this morning with wind chills much colder. We were in the upper 50s to lower 60s this time yesterday.     Expect a cold afternoon with highs in the middle 40s today. With winds still up later on, wind chills stay in the middle to upper 30s even this afternoon.   Cold air won’t last much longer, we warm into the middle 60s to near 70 over the weekend.

  • Enthusiasm, energy, and fun describe this week’s Tools For Teachers winner

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL – After spending time at Forest Hills Elementary, we think everyone would love to have Mrs. Rebecca Sullivan as their teacher. Mrs. Sullivan teaches first grade. And it turns out, she credits one of her own childhood teachers for inspiring her love of learning. “This goes all the way back to Mrs. Sibly. I know some of my peers didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up and I always knew I wanted to […]

  • The Valley gets a mild Super Bowl Sunday

    For those lucky enough to go to the Super Bowl Sunday night, the weather doesn’t look like a problem. Rain will taper off in Houston through the day, plus the NRG Stadium has a retractable roof. If you’re tuning in to the Patriots and Falcons, or the commercials, or the halftime show, you’re most likely doing it from right here at home though. Fortunately, what started as a wet & dreary morning will turn into a fairly pleasant afternoon. It’s not a […]

  • Flintville Elementary teacher surprised to win Tools For Teachers Award

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn – Minute by minute, hour by hour, Lindsay Pearson takes the time to make sure her second graders at Flintville Elementary School in Lincoln County are set up to succeed. Principal David Golden is thrilled have Mrs. Pearson on staff. “She is a phenomenal teacher, phenomenal person. Number one her professionalism, the way she approaches her classroom, very structured, very kid friendly. She is excellent working with the children.” Mrs. Pearson appreciated the recognition. “Thank you! I’m so […]

  • NWS confirms 17 tornadoes from January 19-22 in Alabama

    The National Weather Service in Birmingham and Mobile were busy surveying damage from recent storms this week. The data is still preliminary, but after the surveys finished the total came to 17 tornadoes and a straight line wind event. The severe weather came in waves across the southeast over the 4 day period. The first wave through Alabama arrived Thursday night and resulted in one weak tornado in St. Clair County. The second wave came in much stronger, spawning 12 tornadoes […]

  • Custodian nominates Hartselle math teacher and she wins Tools For Teachers!

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – It’s no secret math may not top the list of favorite subjects for many students. That’s why having the right teacher is so important. “She communicates with parents, she comes in before school, lets her kids come by, gives them extra help when they need it.” says Principal Gaylon Parker. He’s speaking of Michelle Kelso. She teaches 5th grade math at Hartselle Intermediate School and also happens to be this week’s Tools For Teachers winner. “Teachers don’t always get […]

  • Deadly storms sweep through Georgia Sunday morning

    ATLANTA, Ga (AP) – Georgia Emergency Management officials confirmed to the Associated Press that eleven people were killed and another 23 injured in Southern Georgia early Sunday morning. The deaths occurred in Cook, Brooks, and Berrien Counties, where a possible tornado occurred. 2 deaths were confirmed to be from the town of Barney in Brooks County. In Cook County Sunshine Acres, a mobile home park, was described by Cook County Coroner Tim Purvis as being “leveled” from the night’s storm. […]

  • Madison Crossroads’ Carmen Hanback wins our Tools For Teachers Award

    TONEY, Ala. — Carmen Hanback spends her days molding the minds of kindergarten students at Madison Crossroads Elementary in Toney. Principal Russ O’Rear says he’s not surprised someone nominated this dedicated educator for Tools For Teachers Award. “I think Carmen represents us very well and its always good when you can get recognition for how hard our teachers really work,” O’Rear said. “I don’t think a lot of people really understand what it takes to be a great teacher and […]

  • Lexington’s Mrs. Whitney Becker makes math easy to understand

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – I think we’ve all had a subject or two in school that had us a little confused; maybe math was one of those. Well, meet Mrs. Whitney Becker of Lexington School in Lauderdale County. She teaches seventh and eighth grade math. Her teaching style helps students to see math a little more clearly. Principal Willie Joiner is happy to have her teaching his kids. “She has done a tremendous job. She has a lot of compassion […]

  • Wind Advisory issued for Tuesday afternoon

    The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Wayne, Lawrence, Giles, Franklin, Lincoln, and Moore Counties in Tennessee, along with Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan Counties in Alabama. The advisory will last until 6pm Tuesday evening.   Sustained winds will be coming in from the south/southeast at 15-25 mph through the day, but winds could gust at times up to 30-35 mph. The criteria for a wind advisory is sustained winds up 25 mph and […]